Welcome to another disruption! For the CMI 25—MeetingsNet’s annual showcase of the largest meeting and incentive companies focused on the North American corporate market—we typically compile the list after collecting information on the size and scope of a slew of independent planning companies. But not this year. The pandemic’s devastation on our industry made the idea of judging companies based on their 2020 operations a nonstarter.
We considered dropping the CMI 25 for a year; however, the point of the list is to provide readers with information on top outsourcing partners. With all the cuts made in 2020, companies might be more eager than ever to find a meeting and incentive team they can count on. The CMI 25 is a great place to start.
In the end, we simply decided that every company on the 2020 CMI 25 list (which was based on 2019 data) would remain for 2021. This year, you won’t find statistics on the number of meetings executed, rooms booked, or staff size. Instead, the focus is on recent developments and thought leadership—and there’s plenty of both, including new company names, new partnerships, and new priorities, including virtual.